MISSIONS

Showing God’s Mercy: The Missions Ministry

Marty Hilyer-Chairperson

The ministry is responsible for empowering the congregation in ministries of personal, social healing, and reconciliation in the communities in which Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church bears witness, and leading the congregation to participate in the mission of the whole Church in the world.
 

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

The mission of the church is mission.

Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church supports numerous mission projects offering members many opportunities to be involved in ministry. Each year 10% of our annual budget is allocated to the Mission Ministry. A Missions Ministry collection room is located in the Fellowship Hall next to the sound system booth. Also, a collection basket for missions is in the Narthex of the church.  

 

Serve the World
Globally we receive and distribute donations to Heifer International from the Alternative Gift Market and we support Dan and Elizabeth Turk, our missionaries in Madagascar.  You may view their website here.

Occasionally we (adults or youth) will travel out of country to serve our Lord on a mission opportunity.

Alternative Gift Market – Supporting artisans around the world through an international venue for fair trade.  Alternative Gifts International

 offers gifts of peace and justice that are sustainable and build security. Tables are set in the Narthex at Christmas.

Serve the Community

Below and to the right is a list of some of the local mission ministries our church supports and is actively involved with.
Since 1995 Seven Oaks has been actively involved in Central SC Habitat for Humanity, building several homes for deserving homeowners, as well as repairs and remodeling of others.  

Trinity Presbytery

in support of PC-USA, missions and outreach programs.

Seven Oaks Elementary School 

– Reading Buddies, weekend food Backpack Program, the Teachers Appreciation Breakfast in August as well as school supplies, and box tops.

Sharing God’s Love– A local Irmo, SC multi-church supported mission where members can donate their time and life’s necessities for families in crisis.  We collect mmonthly for needed items, Two Cents a Meal money as well as special food donations at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  More information about this loving ministry and items needed can be found here.

Providence Men’s Home

– Monthly meal preparations and special meals on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ronald McDonald House – Pounds of pull tabs.

Soup Kitchen – Sandwich preparation for the men of Oliver Gospel Mission.

Prison Ministry 

– Collection of twice a year (March and October) of needed items delivered to the prisons.

Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS) – Their mission is to Glorify God by serving our neighbors in crisis. Our members volunteer for shifts in the LICS store.  Current needs and more information here

Thornwell for Children and Families – Christmas and/or Easter party for the children. [Learn more]

Family Promise

– Hosting homeless families in the Fellowship Hall four times a year as needed.

Seven Oaks Grant – In 2014 awarded to Palmetto Place Children’s Center.

Migrant Ministry Meal

– A meal in the summer to the migrant workers along with bags of toiletries.

Two Cents a Meal 

– Red ribbon jars on tables at our meals to provide for the hungry.

Box Tops for Education 

– For Seven Oaks Elementary School.

Six Offerings during worship support both local and global missions.  Migrant (Father’s Day), Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (Mother’s Day) are both Trinity Presbytery offerings.  One Great Hour of Sharing (Easter), Christmas Joy (Christmas) and Peace and Global Witness (Worldwide Communion Sunday) are PC-USA offerings and Thornwell offering in November at Thanksgiving.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5